09 December 2005

Professional dive instructor drowns

On Thanksgiving Day, dive instructor Zak Jones was diving with colleagues on what Fort Lauderdale's Pro Dive International CEO Frank Gernert described as a "staff technical dive."

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, Jones and a dive buddy were diving at 150 feet when they separated to explore a reef: "After a few minutes, Mr. Jones' dive partner turned and found Mr. Jones struggling as if he were entangled in his tank lines.

When the dive partner reached Mr. Jones, Mr. Jones was unconscious with the regulator out of his mouth." Jones was pronounced DOA at the hospital. Police are investigating the precise cause of death. A memorial has been set up for his wife, Robyn.

The news piece reports that "Jones' buddy dumped the air out of Jones" buoyancy-compensation vest, sending him quickly to the surface." Anybody else think that statement is a bit weird?

Source: www.divester.com

4 Comments:

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professional Diving School's of Florida is a Crock- they will sell you; AND Kill You! find something else if you want your money and your sanity- ask ZAK JONES!

 
At 10:52 PM, Anonymous M L B said...

Professional Diving School's of Florida (PRO DIVE Ft. Lauderdale) provide the best dive education in the world (yes, the best of the best). Zak Jones was an incredible diver, instructor, and person. A reflection of the kind of rolemodels every serious diver finds at PRODIVE USA.
Science has told us for years that our bodies are not meant to be very deep underwater, especially breathing air mixes from a tank on our back. However, we who love diving will continue to explore and take risks for the adventure our passion provides. Zak's passion for diving provided him his favorite life and his most preferred (yet early) death. Those fortunate divers who were trained underneath him (myself included) will never forget the inspiration and enthusiasm Zak Jones was, is, and brought to the sport of Scuba Diving. Every diver knows the risk they take every time they submerge. Accidents happen, they are part of the sport; divers do not play the blame game against nature.
Thank you Zak Jones. And thank you Pro Dive for the best instruction, experience, and inspiration in scuba diving available on this planet. As we all advance further in our sport- in spite of great risk- I would like to dedicate this to my dive instructor and friend. In loving memory of Zak M. Jones.

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL GREAT PLACE TO GO FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER EVEN SEEN A DIVE REGULATOR TO BECOME A DIVE MASTER I two short weeks take it how you like it that’s just not right I dove with ZAK a dozen times and he was a very skilled diver he just had that megladon sitting in his office I was even tempted by the looks of it but the schedule at provide you are on a crash course training 7 days a week he got one day off from work finally I get to use it and probably had some technical error from not using it in many months because of the teaching schedule my opinion take it how you like it.

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Craig said...

1st off, NO dive shop in history would ever want anybody to die who is remotely associated with it. They ALL follow the same basic guidelines that are the industry standard. A Course director died that shouldn't reflect anything on the dive shop or his abilities. Did the Astronauts (the best and most quilified in the world) deaths in February of 2003 mean that NASA is horrible and if you work for them you will die? Does the fact that you might get in a car accident and die driving to work reflect badly on your drivers education teacher? These are all HUMAN error which EVERYONE does. I have never been to Pro-Dive to check them out but I can tell you after being in the diving industry for many years and a NAUI, PADI MSDT and SDITDI instructor they are all basically the same! Everybody wants students and if you teach as many as Pro Dive does you can probably make a diver into a proffesional VERY quickly. Practice makes perfect and the more you do it the better you get at it. I didn't know Zak but I am sure he was a VERY good diver, had to be to be a Course Director. Remember SCUBA is a safe sport but it can be dangerous. Like flying in a plane or driving a car or getting a soda from a machine (research it and see how many people die daily from the those....)

 

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